George Cousins built and opened his Seabreeze Lady's Cycle Factory here at Station Approach, Birchington in the early 1870's, soon after the railway was opened to birchington in 1863.
(The building could well have been built by George himself, as he is listed in the 1883/4 Kelly's Directory as a builder at these very premises.)
His advertisement in that journal states that he was the Patentee of the design of the lady's bicycles, but unfortunately he did not get the official patent registered correctly.
The design of his invention reads-
The Seabeeze Cycles are built on hygienic lines. The spring frame obviates the need for pneumatic tyres. The Fairy Seabreeze (rigid frame) was an ideal ladies bicycle. The diamond frame preventative of the hideous bicycle hump.
In living memory, the building has been used as a Baker's and Restaurant, and Estate agent's, a Print Works and now as from 9 years ago Christies Wine Bar & Bistro.
Today, Christies wine bar as we know it, is the greeting, meeting & eating place.
Located next to birchington train station and close to many bus stops, we welcome everyone, whether its a quiet drink in the beer garden to relax after a hard days work, or a group gathering, theres something for everyone at Christies. Serving home-cooked food 7 days a week from 12-3pm, with a large variety of meals to choose from, we're the perfect place to eat for friends, family, or even business meetings.